OBITUARY

Edward Anthony Amador

February 9, 1938January 8, 2020
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Edward Amador was born in Modesto, California, on February 9, 1938. Ed passed away on January 8, 2020, at Pacifica Senior Living in Modesto at age 81.

Ed was born to Antone and Mary and spent his years growing up on their dairy farm in Modesto, where his strong work ethic first developed. He graduated from Ceres High School in 1956. On December 21, 1957, Ed married the love of his life, Patricia Thomas, and they were devoted to each other for over 62 years. In the first four years of their marriage, they welcomed three boys into their family: Eddie, Mark, and Steve.

Ed's love of cars and racing started at a young age. He sold six cows to buy a 1957 Chevy Bel Air to cruise McHenry and drag race. Unfortunately 2 weeks later the motor blew. Ed then sold the remaining two cows to buy a corvette crate motor to replace it. In 1964, Ed began racing on oval tracks, and in 1966 he was named "Rookie of the Year." During his racing career, Ed raced modified, outlaw stock cars, Nascar Southwest Tour, dirt, and pavement sprint cars winning many races and championships. At the age of 75, he set the second-fastest time at Madera Speedway.

Although racing was a love of Ed's, his family was his greatest love. Involving himself in things his sons enjoyed was important to Ed, including serving as a 4-H & FFA leader and participating in Ceres Athletics Boosters Club. Patricia and Ed also enjoyed boating greatly. Ed enjoyed fishing, and Patt loved being out on the boat. They also loved traveling.

Ed started his work career at Gallo Glass shortly after Gallo opened in Modesto. The work ethic that was prevalent throughout Ed's life allowed him to move up within the company. He started sweeping floors and retired almost 40 years later as Plant Superintendent. Even after retiring, Ed did consulting for Gallo and earned the nickname, ”Mr. Glass." While working at Gallo, Ed also farmed and involved his sons in a hay service business. Ed also was on Gallo golf and bowling teams during his career at Gallo. After Retirement and more recently Ed was an Almond Farmer.

Ed was a member, Vice President, President, and Past President of the Modesto Portuguese Pentecostal Association. He was also a Lions Club Member, member of Blue Diamond, and union member of the Glass Blowers Association. Ed also helped form a racing club—Northern California Modified Association. Ed enjoyed and lived his life to the fullest. When Ed's grandchildren and, more recently, his great-grandchildren came along, he took great joy in them. During the holidays, he enjoyed handing out gifts one at a time as each child had their time in the limelight. Ed would do anything for his friends and family and will be greatly missed by all that loved him.

Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Amador, and his sons—Eddie (Carlene), Mark (Valerie), and Steve (Clarice). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren—Josh, Tiffany, Ashley, Alex, Tony, Tylor, Nick & Shelby, nine great-grandchildren, two goddaughters-Laura and Joann and aunt Barbra.

Ed was preceded in death and now rejoined with his mother & father, Antone & Mary Amador, his brother, John Amador, his sister, Marie Gomes, brother-in-law, John Gomes, and nephew, John Amador.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to:

The Alzheimers Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL.17 Chicago, IL 60601

Westport fire Association 5160 S. Carpenter Rd. Modesto, CA 95353

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joshua Amador
  • Tony Amador
  • Tylor Amador
  • Nick Amador
  • Gary Lionudakis
  • Brandon Lima
  • Phil Alves

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Carol Anderson

January 14, 2020

Ed was a good friend of ours, Ken and Carol Anderson.
I am so sorry to hear of his passing but am happy I have had the opportunity to share a part of his life.

Olive Machado August

January 12, 2020

To Pat, Eddie Jr., Mark, & Steve & families. So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless all your families with strength, & courage to cope with the challenges due to the loss of a loved one. I have known the Amador family since I was a little girl of about 9 yrs. old. Ed's sister Marie was my maid (attendant) when I was little queen for the MPPA fiesta of Modesto. Now Ed was called home to be back again with the rest of his parents, and siblings. Cherish all the memories he has left the younger generation. Ed was an active member of his community. May all the Amador's RIP. I love all of you.

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Ed Amador

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Mary Amador with her 2 sons John & Eddie Amador

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Brother John
Sister Marie & Ed

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Ed with his little sister Marie

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Ed with his Cousin

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Ed's School Picture

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Westport School
Ed is Top Right

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Ed Amador

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Mary Amador with her 2 sons John & Eddie Amador

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Brother John
Sister Marie & Ed

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Ed with his little sister Marie

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Ed with his Cousin

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Ed's School Picture

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Westport School
Ed is Top Right

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Aunt Marie, Avo', John, Ava', & Ed
Before Brother John goes to Korea

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Ed with Brother John